Sunday, 7 June 2015

Nigeria Military Command is Full of Impunity, Sacked Officers Lament

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At least 35 soldiers summarily sacked from three military formations in Minna, Niger State capital for allegedly refusing to fight the dreaded Boko Haram sect in Adamawa State have faulted their dismissal.
They accused the military high command of impunity and not given fair hearing.

The affected persons were all dismissed on May 25 on a two count charge without given the opportunity to defend themselves.
While, the 31 Artillery Brigade had the highest figure of 28 dismissed soldiers, the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command, TRADOC, had one warrant officer and three soldiers sacked and three given the boot from 313 Artillery Regiment.
Speaking with our reporter, one of the affected soldiers that did not want his name in print, stated that they were not given a fair legal hearing, instead, their Commander only read a two point count charge and showed them the way out.
“We were only summoned and our Commandant presented the charges and told us we have been dismissed. When we challenged the procedure, the Commander told us he was acting on instruction and that we should take our fate as there was nothing he can do.
“The charges were that we failed to perform military duties and disobedience to a standing order. The Commander then told us we are dismissed base on the charges.
Another soldier from TRADOC affected told our correspondent that they were been maltreated not because Boko Haram took over Mubi last year, but because the insurgents overran Vintim Village, the home town of the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS.



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